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Mar 7, 2011

Is disability a think of the past with HIV. I have a plan through my employer and I am finding that the meds are making some changes in me: concentration, loss of energy, etc and I had KS cancer 4 years ago. I was thinking about applying for it. What are your thoughts please?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

In many cases, it becomes necessary to step back from full time work in order to manage your health. This can be true for a variety of reasons, for example, drug side effects may interfere with one's ability to maintain a regular work schedule, energy levels may be vary, or treatments may interrupt employment. Unlike the early years of the epidemic, disability for HIV/AIDS has become very difficult to receive. Many people also feel conflicted about stepping back from a "regular" work routine, even if it would best for their health. Speak with your physician about what would be beneficial for you. If you decide disability is in your best interest, you are lucky that you have a plan. Good luck. -David

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